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    Pattaya’s latest shame, Seahorse kebabs , Giddy up horsey

    Pattaya’s latest shame, Seahorse kebabs



    Grilled seahorses on sale for 150 baht each at the Pattaya Floating Market


    The Fisheries Department plans to prohibit the fishing of seahorses in Thai waters after the small marine fish were found grilled on skewers for sale to Chinese tourists at a floating market in Pattaya.

    The department has sent officials to investigate whether they were farmed or fished from the wild, said its deputy director-general, Umaporn Pimolbutr.
    Until that is confirmed, vendors have been urged not to sell them, she added.

    Thailand agreed to suspend trading seahorses with other countries at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016.

    But even though it vowed to keep the ban in place until the authorities had found a sustainable way to sell them abroad without damaging their wild populations, it is still legal to sell dead seahorses in the country.
    “It is not a protected species yet,” Ms Umaporn said.
    “Right now we can’t press any charges against domestic traders but the department plans to issue a ban on fishing for seahorses in all Thai waters soon.
    “This means fishermen and trawlers will not be able to target them primarily. They can only sell them if they are caught accidentally.”
    Mrs Umaporn said the proposed measure is still too weak to completely eradicate trading but it should give the species breathing room to repopulate to sustainable levels. “Listing seahorses as a protected species is not the best solution because that would penalise all trawlers that catch them by accident,” she said.
    Preliminary research suggests that hundreds of thousands of seahorses are scooped up mistakenly by Thai trawlers each year while fishing for other marine species.

    The Fisheries Department does not have to add all seahorse species to its list of protected species but it should add those facing the threat of extinction such as the spiny seahorse, according to Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine ecologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University.
    “Seahorses are important to the marine ecosystem because they help balance the quantity of plankton on the seabed,” he said. “If they keep being caught in such large numbers and sold commercially it will affect the entire marine food chain.”
    Mr Thon said Chinese tourists are the main buyers in Thailand as they believe consuming the animal can give them curative powers and combat erectile dysfunction.
    “Millions of Chinese tourists visit Thailand every year so if we start to offer them seahorse products demand would increase rapidly,” he said.
    The seafood stall in Pattaya was initially ordered to stop selling grilled seahorses and is now being shut down after photos surfaced on social media showing the exotic snack being sold on sticks for 150 baht apiece.

    Paisi Worawong, the vendor, said she had been selling the seahorses for the past month. She bought them from a medicine shop in Yaowarat (Bangkok’s China Town).


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    As long as the chinese are happy,charge them 200 baht

    good to see you back McGuiness

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    Was she making a statement or reading a press release from CP Foods?

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    Christ, the wildlife of the world is certainly widely endangered because Chinks can't get it up.

    Can't the odd little limp dicks just use viagra?

    I wonder if djpat munches on this stuff?

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    Asians are little more than vermin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Christ, the wildlife of the world is certainly widely endangered because Chinks can't get it up.

    Can't the odd little limp dicks just use viagra?

    I wonder if djpat munches on this stuff?
    Eating any stuff like that will sure make me throw up

    So I use viagra, makes the cousin throw up

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    What do they taste like, a bit like prawns I'd imagine.
    Don't like prawns, but a prawn with a horseradish taste might just be wasabi sauce in see horse .
    Shish fishy kebab skewers story.

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    Don't look very appetizing but each to their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Asians are little more than vermin.
    They are a swarm of locusts devouring the worlds wildlife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Asians are little more than vermin.
    They are a swarm of locusts devouring the worlds wildlife.
    Does that include your wives then?

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    Pity danny boy isn't around to do a quality review.

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    Ban all types of Sealife fishing, that will stop the problem.

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    Grind them up and put them in Tesco sushi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Asians are little more than vermin.
    And Anglo Saxon's haven't been spreading war and destruction around the earth for the past 100+ years, very civilized that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Does that include your wives then?
    ?????

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